These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos make for the easiest tacos! With just 4 simple ingredients and 15 minutes you can have these tender and juicy shredded chicken ready for tacos.

If you love tacos, try our popular Shrimp Tacos and crispy and flakey Fish Tacos.

Four chicken tacos on a white plate with avocado, and freshly chopped greens.

SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS-

Your family taco nights just got a whole lot better, thanks to these juicy and flavorful shredded chicken tacos! Chicken breast pressure cooked with broth, taco seasoning and salsa, then shredded and served as tacos, the ultimate dinner idea.

Juicy shredded chicken in the instant pot with a black fork topped with freshly chopped greens.

INGREDIENTS-

All you need for this easy taco recipe is just 4 basic ingredients!

  • Chicken– We use boneless skinless chicken breast for this recipe.
  • Broth– Chicken broth is what we used but you can also use vegetable broth or even beef broth!
  • Taco Seasoning– We used our Homemade Taco seasoning for these tacos but you can also use store-bought taco seasoning with great results. 
  • Salsa– Your favorite tomato salsa will work great, we used a mild salsa.
  • Greens– We love the flavor cilantro gives the tacos but you can use parsley instead or leave out the greens completely.
Four ingredients laid out for this easy shredded chicken recipe.

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS-

This recipe is so easy and quick to make in the pressure cooker. In just 15 minutes, you can have the chicken tacos ready to be enjoyed!

  1. Combine – Place the chicken, chicken broth, taco seasoning, and salsa into the instant pot.
  2. Cook – Close the lid and pressure cook until the chicken is ready.
  3. Shred – Remove and shred the chicken then add back to the juices.
  4. Serve – Serve on flour tortillas or corn tortillas with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Arrange taco toppings on a large platter or in individual bowls to serve buffet style.

SLOW COOKER METHOD-

This pulled chicken taco recipe may easily be made in a crock pot!

  1. Just add the chicken breast, broth, taco seasoning, and salsa to the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low heat for 6-7 hours.
  3. Shred the chicken and place back in the crockpot and mix with the juices and keep on warm until you serve.
Three chicken tacos topped with Feta cheese and  freshly chopped greens.

TOPPING IDEAS-

Just like classic tacos, the toppings are endless and may be personalized! Here are some of our favorite toppings:

A white plate of shredded chicken topped with fresh chopped greens,

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-

Can I make taco salads with this recipe?

Yes! Make taco salad with this shredded chicken like our Dorito Taco Salad.

How do I know my chicken is cooked?

Cooked chicken should read an internal temperature of 165°F.

How many packets of taco seasoning do we need for this recipe?

This recipe calls for 2 Tbsp of taco seasoning which is equal to 1 packet of taco seasoning.

Can I use frozen chicken?

Yes you can use frozen chicken, it will just take a bit longer! Pressure cook for 15 minutes.

What kind of chicken can I use?

This recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken breast but you can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! Make the shredded chicken and put it in an airtight container for 2-3 days. When ready to serve just reheat and serve!

What if I don’t have an instant pot?

You can cook this in the slow cooker! Read above for instructions.

Can I make these chicken tacos spicy?

If you love spice, then add some spice to this pulled chicken by adding jalapenos to the mix!

A hand holding a shredded chicken taco loaded with tomatoes and cilantro.

MORE MEXICAN-INSPIRED RECIPES-

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos (Shredded)

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5 from 3 votes
These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos make for the easiest tacos! With just 4 simple ingredients and 15 minutes you can have these tender and juicy shredded chicken ready for tacos.
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup salsa

Instructions

Instant Pot Method-

  • Place the chicken, chicken broth, taco seasoning, and salsa into the instant pot.
  • Close the lid, seal and pressure cook for 10-12 minutes then pressure release.
  • Remove the chicken from the instant pot and shred with two forks. Place the chicken back into the juice and stir to combine.
  • Serve on tortillas with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Crockpot Method-

  • Add the chicken breast, chicken broth, taco seasoning, and the salsa into the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low heat for 6-7 hours.
  • Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Place back into the slow cooker and mix to combine with the juice. Keep on warm while serving.
  • Serve in tortillas with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 24gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 343mgPotassium: 464mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 171IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)